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Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks

March 21st, 2011

Last Friday morning Mr Chiots and I signed the papers and closed on the empty lot next door. It’s been for sale several times while we’ve lived here, but it’s always been way out of our budget, especially since we were focusing on paying off our mortgage as soon as we could. We paid off the mortgage last fall and we’ve been saving up our extra cash for our dream of purchasing some acreage in a more rural location. The lots on both sides of us are for sale, but both were priced much higher than we were willing to pay for quarter acre lots. Last month we noticed that the lot below us had dropped in price by half and decided it was a price we were willing to pay. We called, made an offer and they accepted it.

With this purchase we have doubled the size of our lot from a quarter to a half of an acre. This is going to be a HUGE bonus for my gardening! We can clear off the front of the lot and I can have a nice sized full sun gardening area, something I’m severely lacking. When we have it all cleared I should have a few thousand square feet of gardening space for vegetables and a thousand square feet or so for an orchard. The back half of the lot is a grove of maple trees, which we’ll keep so we can tap them each spring.

This weekend we spent some time clearing off the saplings. There are a few huge trees that will need to be taken down by professionals, but most of the trees we’ll be able to remove ourselves. I won’t be able to plant anything this year, because we’ll still be digging up tree roots and hopefully planting cover crops to improve the soil. Lucky for us the lot has never really had anything done to it so the soil shouldn’t be too bad.

I spent a long time this weekend picking up the saplings after Mr Chiots cut them down, carrying them to the back of the lot, and piling them up for future use. We will most likely use a lot of these saplings for fencing, plant supports and I may even get creative and make a bench or an arbor out of them. Looks like we’ve got our work cut out for us this gardening season!

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.